This week, I simply wanted to take the time to update y’all on everything God has been doing in my life and talk about what it means, in my opinion, when people tell us, “Do it afraid.”
As most of you know, I launched an online shop last week and will now be selling t-shirts to market my mission as a motivational speaker and blogger!
When I first began this journey, I knew I wanted to sell t-shirts. Mostly because I LOVE THEM and wear them about 85% of the time, but also because t-shirts are one of the most powerful ways a person can market their brand and mission.
To be honest, I had NO IDEA what to expect. My thoughts and emotions were (and still are) all over the place. But really…running a small business is completely out of my comfort zone. COMPLETELY. I majored in communication, remember????? I write down words and speak them.
Small business? What’s that?
The last time I did anything even REMOTELY business related was in the 6th grade when we learned how to balance checkbooks for a project. I wish I was kidding.
I’ve only wanted to throw up like…981239817892 times? So not a whole lot…
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this last year and a half is that, sometimes, or a lot of the time, we have to do things afraid…with our knees trembling, hands shaking (or sweating, in my case), and heart racing, we have to DO IT AFRAID.
John Wayne once said, “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”
We have to decide that not doing what we’re afraid of is much, much riskier than actually doing it. Sure, we might fail. It might be a total bust. But it might also turn out far better than we expected…but we’ll never know until we try!
In order to market my mission (as a motivational speaker and blogger) and take steps towards becoming a full-time blogger, I had to launch an online shop…so I did.
I annoyed my friends and family by texting them every single day, multiple times a day, asking for their opinion (love y’all), submitted the order, and said, “Okay, God. These shirts are in your hands. Do what you want.”
I’ll be honest, I got this giant lump in my throat and had to swallow really, really hard when I said that last part.
“God, I trust you…do what you want.”
And can you guess what happened? Nobody died (shocking, I know) and we SOLD OUT of the first shipment of t-shirts (don’t worry, there are more shirts). Never in a million years did I think that would happen, but it did. I am shocked, humbled, and overwhelmed with gratitude.
And you know what else? Their shirts didn’t come unraveled in the washing machine. The letters didn’t fall off (yes, those were the irrational fears I had leading into this…I know, I’m a child).
Had I not gone through with it, I would’ve never known what God had in store.
Life is too short to not attempt the hard things. When we refuse to embrace the challenges set before us, not only are we selling ourselves short, but we’re putting God in a box.
We’re putting a limit on His ability to turn a situation in whatever direction He wants. In the words of Josh Riebuck, “Every time I put God in a box, I’m left sweeping up the pieces of shredded cardboard.”
God is not limited by our weaknesses and fears. Obedience is not about surety and facts. It’s about facing the giants ahead of us with a slingshot in hand and utmost confidence that God is so much bigger than anything we face.
Our biggest dreams are on the other side of our biggest fears…but we’ll never get to experience them unless we’re willing to do it afraid and then let God do what God does best.
We’ll never reach our goals if we’re unwilling to face our fears and do it afraid. When we refuse to move forward despite being afraid, we’re closing the curtains without giving God a chance to perform.
Push through the unknown, the uncomfortable, and the unfortunate. Give God a chance to show up.
It’s okay to be scared.
But I’m choosing to do it afraid because I know without a doubt God placed these dreams in my heart for a reason…and I want to know how this story ends.
I HAVE to know how this story ends.
Don’t let fear stop you. Do it afraid.
God is too big, too mighty, and too powerful to be put into a box.
It may be a total bust. You may fail! But you could also end up sweeping up the pieces of shredded cardboard.
My point is…you will not know unless you try!
To everyone who helped make this launch a success, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I seriously could not do it without you! Thank you for supporting me and for believing in this mission! Thank you for being such loyal readers and for continuing to return each week, even when you don’t have to. It means so much to me. I pray you are always encouraged.
To my closest friends and family, thank you for helping me design this shirt and for everything else you do to support, love, encourage, and guide me on a regular basis! You are all my sunshines. I appreciate y’all so much, and I love you more than you will ever know.
If you haven’t seen or read about the purpose behind my super cute t-shirt, you can read about it here.
Are you willing to do it afraid?